Criminal Homicide

Ronald Dickens

Metro-Nashville police issued a criminal homicide warrant for the husband of Shawton Clay, 30, whose body was found last month at their home at Avalon Apartments on Andrew Jackson Way in Hermitage. 

Family members found the body last month inside the couple’s home. Police said there was obvious trauma to her body.

At the time, police said her husband, Ronald Dickens, 42, may be driving Shawton’s 2017 Toyota Camry with license plate T4522V.

Police said the couple married in 2018, but family said they might have sought a divorce or annulment. 

“Officers throughout the city are on the lookout for Ronald Dickens,” according to a release from police. 

Police reiterated this week that Dickens may be driving the victim’s 2017 black Toyota Camry bearing Tennessee license plate T4522V. Anyone who sees Dickens or the car is asked to call the emergency communications center at 615-862-8600.

Dickens was not at the home when Clay’s body was found, and attempts to contact him have failed. Her car keys and Toyota Camry remained missing.

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